Sciatica

Tier Wellness

Chiropractic & Wellness Center located in Long Beach, CA

It’s estimated that 40% of adults will develop sciatica, which is well-known as a sudden pain that starts in your lower back and travels down your leg. Adam Sandahl, DC, CCEP, at Tier Wellness Center is highly trained in many chiropractic techniques that effectively treat the cause of sciatica and relieve your pain. Don’t wait to find relief. Schedule an appointment using the online booking feature or by calling the office in Long Beach, California.

Sciatica Q & A

What is sciatica?

The sciatic nerve leaves the base of your spine, goes through each side of your buttocks, then travels down both legs to your feet. Along the way, the nerve branches out to different areas of the legs and feet. Sciatica is pain that occurs along the sciatic nerve.

What causes sciatica?

Sciatica develops when the nerve is compressed at the spine. In rare cases, a muscle spasm in the buttocks area may pinch the nerve. However, sciatica is typically caused by spine problems, including:

  • Herniated disc (causes most cases of sciatica)
  • Arthritis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis (slipped disc)
  • Bone spurs
  • Spine injuries

You have a higher risk of developing sciatica as you get older due to age-related spine degeneration and increasing pressure on your lower back over time.

Anything that increases pressure on your spine, like obesity, heavy lifting, and sitting for a long time, makes you more susceptible to sciatica.

What are the symptoms of sciatica?

The primary symptom is pain that begins in your lower back and radiates down through your leg. Your pain may feel like a mild ache, but in many cases, it’s an intense pain that’s debilitating.

Sciatica may also cause muscle weakness or tingling and numbness in your leg. You may develop mixed symptoms, so you’ll feel pain in one area of your leg and numbness in another.

How does a chiropractor treat sciatica?

After evaluating your spinal biomechanics, Dr. Sandahl develops a treatment plan to restore normal function, relieve your pain, and treat your sciatica. He may include therapies in your treatment plan, such as:

  • Pelvic alignment
  • Correction of bad posture
  • Physical therapy
  • Rehabilitation
  • Trigger point therapy
  • Orthotics
  • Spinal manipulation
  • Spinal decompression

Dr. Sandahl may relieve pressure on the sciatic nerve with a spinal adjustment to realign the vertebrae, or he may use spinal decompression.

During spinal decompression, the doctor gently stretches your spine using a traction table. As your spine stretches, pressure on the sciatic nerve is relieved. Decompression allows increased blood to flow into the area, which promotes natural healing.

If your back or leg pain lasts longer than a week, or it worsens, call Tier Wellness Center or book an appointment online.